One of the breakout albums of 2013 has been Cerulean Salt by singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, also known by her project name, Waxahatchee. With a nostalgic nod to the confessional songwriters of the 90s, Katie’s output as Waxahatchee is at once melancholic yet at the same time playfully poppy. Critically adored, Cerulean Salt definitely brought attention to Crutchfield who used to front DIY pop punk outfit P.S. Eliot together with twin sister Alison Crutchfield.
Katie going solo though means the end of P.S. Eliot. However, don’t cry for sister Alison as she has also seem to find her calling. Coming off the shackles of being stuck behind the drum kit with P.S. Eliot, Alison is now front and center co-leading her own DIY pop punk band Swearin’ together with boyfriend Kyle Gilbride. With their sophomore record Surfing Strange, the quartet of Swearin’ (who recently moved to Brooklyn from Philadelphia) have created jangly guitar-driven pop jams that are both dreamy yet tangible. The songs recall the immediacy and lo-fi properties of P.S. Eliot, though it favors easy ear catching pop instead of harder punk. With Swearin’, Katie has definitely forged her own identity that is just as appealing as her sister’s. Look out for those Crutchfield girls!
Stream first single Watered Down embedded below.
Swearin’ – Surfing Strange comes out 11/5 via Wichita (order here)